October 28, 2010
What can you say about a game like this? It was one of the more bizarre you’re going to see from a team as solid as ours. Obviously, it just got away from us because we couldn’t throw strikes. That simple. When everything falls apart, you get a nightmare inning like the 8th. It was tough to watch it from the dugout – though no tougher, I’m sure, than it was watching it on TV at home. I imagine there were a lot of shoes thrown at a lot of screens across Texas.
Cain was on his game. He was mixing it up well with his fastball, slider and a good change-up. I’ve seen him really develop as a pitcher during my 3 ½ seasons with the Giants. He’s so in control of the game now. His location is more precise. When he’s on, he’s really tough to hit.
I know it sounds like a cliché, but there’s still a lot of baseball left. We’ll be in our park for the next three games. I know it will be rocking. If there is one thing I saw in the Giants – other than pretty solid pitching – was their intensity. I think playing in their own park helps keep that intensity at a high level. And I hope going back to our home fans will help us ignite that spark that maybe we’ve been missing.
But the truth is that it’s up the 25 guys on this roster to turn things around. Not the fans, the manager, the coaches or the trainers. Us. We have to hit the ball. We have to make our pitches. We have to capitalize on every mistake the Giants make.
I think about what we did when we lost 5-0 in the first game of the ALCS against the Yankees. We didn’t even blink. We just got back to playing our game. We have a mindset that’s all about winning. What I see when I look around the clubhouse are guys who are hungry and fierce and have heart.
We’ll take a day to collect ourselves. We get in around 4 in the morning, I think. We’ll work out. We’ll put the first two games behind us.
I can’t wait to get back home. I can’t wait for Game 3.